Verstappen fastest on the first test day at Catalunya

Verstappen fastest on the first test day at Catalunya

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Max Verstappen
photo: David Ramos / Red Bull Content Pool

Max Verstappen was fastest during the first test day at the Catalunya circuit. The Red Bull driver made 148 laps with a best time of 1:17.528min. Carlos Sainz was second while Sebastian Vettel was third.

“Today was about gaining even more understanding of the car and tyres and we completed more than the programme we set out, so it was very good. We did a lot of laps today and I think if it was day one of winter testing I’d feel it. But it was no problem today and physically everything was fine. That’s my test over now and the next stop for me is Zandvoort this coming Sunday, where Daniel, myself and David Coulthard will be doing some show car runs, and I hope we can give all the fans there a really good show”, Verstappen said.

Max Verstappen was fastest during the first test day at the Catalunya circuit

Senior Projects Engineer Jeff Calam added: “We had a really productive session today and while it was probably a pretty long day for Max, and for him, not the most exciting, it was a really good day for the engineers, as we got through the whole programme we’d set out for the day. Today was mostly divided into understanding the tyres more, with the upcoming races in mind, and testing development parts. Everything went according to plan, we got a lot of data and we’re very happy with the progress. We got in a lot of laps and a decent time, so all in all, we’re very happy. Tomorrow, Jake Dennis, who is a Simulator Development Driver with the team, will take over from Max and it represents a really good opportunity for him to experience the RB14 first hand.”

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